BEIJING, Nov 25 (Reuters) – There is no room for concessions on Taiwan and the United States should not be under any illusions about it, China‘s defense ministry said on Thursday, with Washington recently “provoking” A series of . on various subjects.
China claims that the issue of Taiwan, which it claims as Chinese territory, is the most delicate of its relations with the United States, which is also Taiwan’s most important international sponsor and arms supplier.
Sharp differences persisted over Taiwan during a virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month. Xi said independence-seeking Taiwanese and his supporters in the United States are “playing with fire.”
Asked to comment on military relations between China and the United States in light of those talks, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said a healthy and stable relationship was good for both and what the world expected.
“However, over time, the US side has said a lot of irresponsible things and a lot of provocative talk about Taiwan, the South China Sea and the close reconnaissance of warships and warplanes,” Wu said.
He said that China has the principles of developing relations between the two armies, that is, their sovereignty, dignity and fundamental interests cannot be violated.
“Particularly on the issue of Taiwan, China has no room for concessions, and the US side should have no illusions about it.”
(Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Written by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman, translated by Tomas Kobos)